Jonathan J. Halperin
Jonathan J. Halperin
Designing Research, Communications
and Strategies for Sustainability

Research, Knowledge, Action

A top advisor to a head of state we once worked with during a rapidly changing political situation, consistently refused to undertake survey research in the face of mounting evidence that risks were escalating and the public mood was shifting dramatically. Pressed to explain his obstinance, he angrily insisted, “don’t you understand that once I know something, then I have to do something.”

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
As we recover from our annual Halloween sugar binge, worth $2.4 billion to the candy industry, rumblings of change can be heard from every corner of the food system.
Friday, December 27, 2013
I am comforted by the awareness that changes we dismiss as inconceivable are often viewed by historians as having been inevitable. A Happy New Year might thus include news of the following momentous changes.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
In a filled tent at the Aspen Ideas Festival today, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, described smart phones as devices that “by their nature” collect information.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wow. A fabulous new documentary, Finding North, is a masterpiece of video storytelling.
Tuesday, December 14, 1993
Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times, December 14, 1993

When I began to unhook from SustainAbility in 2008, after 20+ years, to co-found Volans, Jonathan was working with the US end of SustainAbility — and sent the London end of the Volans team a large cardboard box of multi-colored felt rocks, which initially I couldn't make head nor tail of. I thought he was mad, or overly American.

But I have to say that, over time, those felt rocks have become a central feature of the Volans culture, thrown by team members at other team members (or guests) on the slightest provocation. That aside, he's a consummate professional, creative collaborator, skilled communicator, and keen intellect—and I am delighted both to have had Jonathan as a colleague and to now count him as a friend.

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